Trickle-down partynomics 2006

Your extremely reliable holiday music party planner advice guide thing, as stereotyped by the cast of Cat’. Compiled by Jonathan Adams and Bryhanna Greenough.

Those carefree days of chasing butterflies in the garden have all but passed. Suddenly it’s December and no amount of nip will save you from the impending cabin fever. Let loose some of those seasonal friskies and night crazies by feasting on these high energy shows. 

Friday, December 22
THE IDLERS, the eight piece Reggae/Ska sensation transplanted to St. John’s just this spring are celebrating the release of their new EP at The Ship on Friday, December 22.

Tuesday, December 26
On Boxing Day, (Tuesday, Dec 26) FUNKY DORY, a 7-piece funk band will weave spells of the tried and true with covers by the likes of James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Kool and the Gang along with some of the band’s originals at Junctions for a mere $5.

Wednesday, December 27
On Dec 27 Get Wize, the new Wednesday dance night at Pulse will be in full force. DJs AZRAEL, MR. LOW & RUSSTAFARI will warm you up slowly with some reggae sounds, slowly increasing the tempo as the night goes on. Suddenly you’ll discover you’re dancing to ragga jungle. Bet you never knew you could! Get Wize never charges any cover – Wize indeed. I’m suddenly proud to write my s’s as z’s.

Saturday, December 30
SKANK ALERT! December 30 is the night to mark down for sure, when SKANK is reassembling for a reggae show at CBTG’s and reggae-heads all over town will be losing their minds. Also, it’s a reunion show for THE FIREWIRES (folk funk) It all happens at Distortion.

Sunday, December 31
New Years Eve at The Ship is guaranteed to be a high energy night as THE IDLERS, THE DISCOUNTS & MOPAYA converge in a frenzy of African and Caribbean rhythm. Tickets are $20 and guaranteed to sell out fast.

You can round it all out with a STEVE EDWARDS & LOVE HIJACKER show on any one of December 22, 26, 27, 28 & 31 (see listing for details). Some free tickets are up for grabs, so email your name and phone number to us. First come, first served.

Saturday, December 23
You’re the kitty with the practiced moue and the pouty wet eyes. Why are you meowing? We just fed you! Get out of the house and go see CHERIE PYNE’s last show in St. John’s on Dec. 23 with DIANA DALY (see Joe column).
   
Or, on the same night, you can take your pick between classic Mount Pearl funk rockers TRIMMED NAVAL BEEF back from the dead to honk out their nasty groove at The Ship while MARK BRAGG, triumphantly returned from his successful annexation of the Sudetenland (or was he merely touring in Germany?) plays with sidekicks The Black Wedding Band at CBTG’s.

Thursday, December 29
On Dec. 29, Toronto/Pouch Cove’s GODSLASTNAME brings its unshaven faces and rockabilly beats to Junctions.
   
Halifax’s WINTERSLEEP is in town playing two shows at Club One, one on the 29th with GAZEEBOW UNEET and TRAILER CAMP (and how can you beat a lineup like that?)…

Friday, December 30
…and an all-ages show on the 30th with HEY ROSETTA!. (Speaking of which, if your name’s Rosetta, why not take this time to start your own band and call it Alright I Hear You Already What the Fuck Do You Want?)
   
If you can’t get a ticket for those shows, never fear. The Ship will host crown prince of queer pop cabaret GLENN NUOTIO, with band, joined by WHITE TARA and VAMPIRES OF LOVE.

Saturday, December 30
On the evening of the 30th, also at Club One, catch golden boys THE NOVAKS with pretty boys THE NORDIC BEAT.

Saturday, December 31
Finally, for New Year’s Eve, cap off your year with what may be THE ORIGIN OF THE SOUND BAND’s last show ever (according to rumour anyhow) at Bar None.
   
And if goodbyes are hard for you, see MARK BRAGG and HEY ROSETTA! at Junctions for a great time that surely won’t end for a while at least.

You’d rather your yowls be authentic.

Thursday, December 21
On Thursday, December 21 country/blues BLAIR HARVEY is celebrating a CD release “Gutter Be Gutted”.
   
One Blarvey fan, claiming to have been to about 40 of his shows, describes his music as “outlaw country blues on the fringes of 60’s rock n’ roll with attitude.”
   
This will be a good warmer-upper for a holiday of awesome music and beer.

Friday, December 22
Go deeper into country music night delights with SHERRY RYAN, Music NL’s Female Artist of the Year. She’ll be ripping it up with a full band on Friday, December 22 at The Rose w/ JOE BELLY (and again on Thursday, December 28 at The Ship w/ singer / songwriter AMELIA CURRAN, back for the holidays.)

Saturday, December 23
Tonight’s the night for an intimate evening at The Spur where CHERIE PYNE will be pulling out her guitar one last time before she moves to Montreal. There’ll be some original Cherie solo tunes, she and Scopemaker DIANA DALY will team up for some fave covers.

Wednesday, December 27
You’ve probably already got this one circled on your calendar: St. John’s legendary Folk Night at The Ship. Anticipate a lively night with longtime duo CHRISTINA SMITH (fiddle, cello) and JEAN HEWSON (guitar, voice) as they carry on the tradition of tunes, ballads, ditties and stories passed along from Newfoundland’s older generations. A great place to take in tunes in an open, community atmosphere.
   
Folk Night ends at the stroke of twelve, and this is not a sin since it’s usually the middle of the work week …But this week few rules apply, so feel free to continue on to the Fat Cat to check out the DAVE PICCO BAND (alt country/rock home for the holidays) mixed up with some solo acoustic, a la CHRIS PICCO. 

Sunday, December 31
Finally, if you’ve got a certain MR. HYNES on the mind, you can catch him with a full band on New Year’s Eve at The Rose & Thistle for what’s sure to be a great time.

Thursday, December 21
You are a slashin’ thrashin’ screamin’ demon cat’! So get off the damn fence and head to Distortion to scream along with your fellow DE-MONS, joined by hard-drinking newfiemo rockers MOKE COVE and more no-good punks like NOT A TEST, RAISING CAIN, and 3 CHORD REVOLUTION.

Friday, December 22
But you’ll want to save some yowl in your gullet for the following night, when SKULLFACE AND OTHERS ride their musical motorbikes through the crater-marked post-apocalyptic desert that is Turner’s Tavern in celebration of the release of their new 7-inch. (See page 5 for more details.)

Saturday, December 23
Wake up and quickly find yourself a vet who will perform a tracheotomy in time for you to make it to Roxxy’s to have your nihilism reaffirmed by PUNCH IN THE HEAD AGO, C.B.S.’s proudest (anti-)musical trio of absurdist luddite misanthropes, accompanied by the equally obnoxious sounds of CITY COUNCIL and EXOTIC NARCOTIC.

Sunday, December 24
Monday, December 25
Give yourself Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to recover. Nurse your mosh wounds and try to get your neck realigned so that you can begin to abuse it again at any of the three shows coming up at Distortion…

Tuesday, December 26
On Boxing Day, catch 3 CHORD REVOLUTION, DOPAMINE, and RIGHT FIST FORWARD…

Saturday, December 30
…then gear yourself up for the rawkous revenge of UNDER AUTHORITY, playing two reunion shows – an all-ager on Saturday, Dec. 30…

Sunday, December 31
…and a drinker on New Year’s Eve with ROUNDELAY, JOHNNY JUMP-UP, and MY ANTONIA (true heirs to the enduring punk legacy of Willa Cather).